Social Development Minister welcomes Newry environmental improvement scheme

Declan McAteer Posted by
Friday, January 27th, 2012

Work began this week in Newry as part of a new £1.8 million environmental improvement scheme. The work which aims to enhance the look of the city centre will include the following schemes:

  • Upgrading of footpaths and road surfaces;
  • Increased and improved lighting provision;
  • Under-grounding of overhead services; and
  • Additional street furniture and foliage throughout the town.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland this week welcomed the scheme for Newry, “The commencement of this scheme is great news for Newry. This major investment is designed to target areas that were perceived as uninteresting and unattractive and will help inject a vibrancy back into the heart of the city centre, making it a better place to live, work and visit.”

He continued, “In the current economic climate the scheme will also provide much needed employment for the local construction industry. This work will give Hill Street and Monaghan Street a welcome boost and reinvigorate the historical heart of the city, improving trading conditions and encouraging private sector investment.”

Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council Councillor Charlie Casey also commented on the scheme saying, ” I welcome the start of this long overdue scheme and the investment and positive impact this will have on two of the City’s main streets.”

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